Republic Bank (Ghana) Limited (RBGH.gh) 2011 Annual Report

first_imgRepublic Bank (Ghana) Limited (RBGH.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2011 annual report.For more information about Republic Bank (Ghana) Limited (RBGH.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Republic Bank (Ghana) Limited (RBGH.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Republic Bank (Ghana) Limited (RBGH.gh)  2011 annual report.Company ProfileRepublic Bank (Ghana) Limited, formerly known as HFC Bank Limited, is a financial services institution in Ghana offering banking products and services for the investment, corporate, retail and mortgage sectors as well as solutions for asset management, property management and development services. The company is focused on 4 segments: consumer, mortgage, corporate and microfinance banking. Mortgage banking services include home equity, home purchase or improvement mortgages and public-sector home schemes. Investment banking services include asset management, financial advisory, brokerage and managed funds. The commercial division offers a full-service product and service offering including home, education, executive and business loans and foreign trade and document processing services. Private banking services include cash management, investment accounts, mortgage facilities and safe custody services. Republic Bank (Ghana) Limited also provides foreign currency, institutional finance and electronic and mobile banking services. Republic Bank (Ghana) Limited is a subsidiary of Republic Financial Holdings Limited. Republic Bank (Ghana) Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

I’d use my new ISA allowance to buy this FTSE 250 bargain

first_img Enter Your Email Address Royston Wild | Tuesday, 14th April, 2020 | More on: BME I’d use my new ISA allowance to buy this FTSE 250 bargain Image source: Getty Images. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! A new tax year provides fresh opportunities for ISA investors to make a packet. The recent share market sell-off leaves plenty of cut-price corkers for individuals to think about loading into their Stocks and Shares ISAs. There’s a number of FTSE 250 bargains that I myself have an eye on, one of which is B&M European Value Retail (LSE: BME).This particular retailer operates at the low-cost end of the market. With consumer confidence shot as the coronavirus crisis rolls on, and the spectre of a painful and prolonged recession coming down the rails, this provides it with terrific earnings protection.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Brand beautyB&M has a couple more tricks up its sleeve to help it thrive in these troubled times. Its shelves are a veritable treasure trove of products that are essential for every household. From bread to soap, washing up liquid and pet food to painkillers, these are goods that we cannot do without, whatever the broader macroeconomic landscape is like.Finally, B&M shares a characteristic that makes the likes of Unilever and Reckitt Benckiser such dependable growth stocks: brand power. Sure, it may not manufacture popular fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) like Dove, Magnum, Dettol, or Clearasil. But its shelves are jam packed with the nation’s most-loved labels and this brings shoppers through its doors in their droves.Store closures? No biggieThat’s not to say that B&M has been totally immune to the Covid-19 outbreak. It said at the top of the month that it had temporarily shuttered 49 stores because of “current trading conditions affecting those locations.” It said that a number of these were were smaller stores and that some were located in shopping malls that had essentially ceased trading for the moment.It added that almost 90% of these closed outlets were located near to other, larger B&M stores.In truth, these closures are likely to make little difference to the FTSE 250 stock’s top and bottom lines. Collectively they account for just 3% of group revenues and 2% of store-generated EBITDA. Besides, plenty of those lost revenues will likely be picked up by those bigger neighbouring outlets.A FTSE 250 bargainB&M’s share price has fallen 21% during the past two months. It’s not surprising perhaps, given the scale of panic that has enveloped markets in these unprecedented and frankly terrifying times.But by comparison, the broader FTSE 250 has fallen by a little more (by 25%, in fact). Given that the index is jam-packed with cyclical, and thus more vulnerable, shares than B&M, this suggests to me that this defensive retail hero has been massively oversold.The fact that B&M trades on a forward price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 13.9 times, way below its historical norms of closer to 20 times, is another reason why. City analysts reckon the firm will increase annual earnings by 10% in the fiscal year to March 2021. I see no reason for sales to stop ballooning in the near term or beyond. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement.center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Royston Wild owns shares of Unilever. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Unilever. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of B&M European Value. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. See all posts by Royston Wildlast_img read more

2 cheap UK shares I’d buy for the new bull market

first_img It’s too early to claim that the new bull market is upon us. But share prices across the globe have soared again as hopes over the economic recovery have improved. That doesn’t mean that value investors can’t unearth some underpriced gems, however. There remain plenty of quality cheap UK shares out there for investors like me to choose from.Here are a couple I’m thinking of buying for my Stocks and Shares ISA.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…A cheap UK share on my radarHigh hopes of a strong economic recovery have turbocharged the share prices of London’s listed recruiters over the past year. Take SThree (LSE: STHR) for instance. It’s risen almost 75% in that time as hiring across its STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) sectors have improved. I like this cheap UK share’s operations in niche markets, a quality I think will deliver handsome long-term growth. But the recovery in recruitment markets is in danger of flailing if the Covid-19 crisis drags on.Fresh jobs coming out of the US has also caught my attention for the wrong reasons. The latest non-farm payrolls report showed just 266,000 new jobs created in April. This missed the predicted 1m roles and is down sharply from the 770,000 jobs created in the prior month. The US is SThree’s second-largest market behind only Germany. A further worsening of jobs news from either of these countries, whether or not related directly to the Covid-19 emergency, could see the recruiter topple following those recent heady share price gains.That said, I think SThree looks temptingly cheap at current prices. City analysts think earnings at the recruiter will rise 38% in the current fiscal year (to November 2021).  This leaves it trading on a forward price-to-earnings growth (PEG) ratio of 0.6. Any reading below 1 suggests that a stock could be undervalued by the market. And this leaves a big margin of comfort for value investors like me who are worried that the recruiter’s immediate earnings forecasts could be blown off course. I’d happily still buy this cheap UK share for my ISA today.A FTSE 100 share I’d buyHSBC Holdings (LSE: HSBA) meanwhile offers plenty of all-round value today. Not only does the FTSE 100 bank trade on a rock-bottom forward PEG multiple of 0.1. This cheap UK share offers a mighty 4% corresponding dividend yield to boot. Compare that with the broader 3.5% prospective average which British stocks offer today.Banking stocks are the amongst the most cyclical out there. Demand for their financial products picks up strongly when economic conditions improve. That’s why I think HSBC is a great buy for the new bull market. City analysts think earnings here will rise 141% in 2021, and I can see profits rising strongly over the long term as emerging market demand for banking services booms. Remember, though, the scale of profits growth at HSBC this year and beyond could be significantly hampered by the persistence of low interest rates by central banks. See all posts by Royston Wild Royston Wild has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended HSBC Holdings. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. 2 cheap UK shares I’d buy for the new bull market Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Get the full details on this £5 stock now – while your report is free. Are you on the lookout for UK growth stocks?If so, get this FREE no-strings report now.While it’s available: you’ll discover what we think is a top growth stock for the decade ahead.And the performance of this company really is stunning.In 2019, it returned £150million to shareholders through buybacks and dividends.We believe its financial position is about as solid as anything we’ve seen.Since 2016, annual revenues increased 31%In March 2020, one of its senior directors LOADED UP on 25,000 shares – a position worth £90,259Operating cash flow is up 47%. (Even its operating margins are rising every year!)Quite simply, we believe it’s a fantastic Foolish growth pick.What’s more, it deserves your attention today.So please don’t wait another moment.center_img I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Enter Your Email Address Image source: Getty Images. FREE REPORT: Why this £5 stock could be set to surge Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Royston Wild | Sunday, 9th May, 2021 | More on: HSBA STEM last_img read more

Market Update with Gary Wilhelmi 6/21/12 9:15 CDT

first_img By Gary Truitt – Jun 21, 2012 Market Update with Gary Wilhelmi 6/21/12 9:15 CDT SHARE Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Home News Feed Market Update with Gary Wilhelmi 6/21/12 9:15 CDTcenter_img Dow dawdles up a few points after uneventful Fed releaseBoxed beef volume goodCash cattle not yet shaping upCash hogs steady to $1 on tight supplies, but margins remain in the redRains in westernCorn Beltbut have been breaking up at the river (normal)Yields in question as pollination startsWatch dryness inRussiaand Easter EuropeRussian source cut wheat to 50 MT from 56 MT SHARE 6-21-12   9:17  update Previous articleMarket Outlook with Gary Wilhelmi 6/21/12 AM commentsNext articlePurdue Trustees Unanimously Approve Daniels Gary Truittlast_img read more

Liberia’s Weah urged to do more to advance press freedom

first_imgIn an open letter to the United Nations secretary-general on 11 April, the Press Union of Liberia voice alarmed at the “pace at which official intolerance for independent journalism and dissent is escalating in Liberia.” to go further Liberian President George Weah’s initial record on press freedom has been mixed and so, as he completes his first six months in office, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is publishing a set of recommendations on how he could improve the environment for the media and journalists in Liberia. Reports Organisation RSF_en RSF urges Liberian authorities to investigate threats against journalists Follow the news on Liberia The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Le président du Liberia George Weah en visite à Abidjan le 4 avril 2018. © SIA KAMBOU / AFP The letter was sent two days after the entire staff of the daily Frontpage Africa were briefly arrested and questioned by a court in connection with an announcement published in the newspaper that had criticized persons close to the ruling party. LiberiaAfrica Condemning abuses Freedom of expression Help by sharing this information The first six months of his presidency have been marked by a series of verbal attacks on journalists. Weah himself attacked BBC correspondent Jonathan Paye-Layleh at a news conference on 22 March, accusing the reporter of being “against” him when he, Weah, was fighting for human rights during the civil war. LiberiaAfrica Condemning abuses Freedom of expression June 12, 2020 Find out more December 16, 2020 Find out more News “The modifications to the penal code are essential in order to improve the legislative framework for Liberia’s media and journalists,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “But we urge President Weah to go further, above all by systematically condemning all verbal attacks and arbitrary arrests of journalists in his country.” July 23, 2018 Liberia’s Weah urged to do more to advance press freedom News RSF’s recommendationskeep the promises of the election campaign and guarantee press freedom, and media pluralism so as to allow for balanced news coverage on public interest issues by Liberian mediacondemn every verbal threats, acts of intimidation and groundless accusations toward journalists, especially from political officials as it seriously undermines the environment in which journalists are workingundertake systematic and thorough investigation and prosecution of those responsible of crimes of violence against journalists by independent courts in order to reinforce the rule of law and to end impunity for crimes against journalistsabide by the commitment of the Table Mountain Declaration (“Abolishing ‘Insult Laws’ and Criminal Defamation in Africa and Setting a Free Press Higher on the Agenda “)  signed in July 2012 by your predecessor by adopting a law decriminalizing press related offences, as put forward by the Press Union of Liberia Receive email alerts President Weah is nonetheless on the point of keeping one of his campaign promises by decriminalizing press offences. Parliament is currently studying a bill that would repeal penal code provisions dating back to 1978 under which defaming the president and public officials and “sedition” in the media are punishable by imprisonment. News In comments made publicly a few days before that, deputy information minister Eugenne Fahgnon said he hoped “the media in Liberia will remain poor or broke for the next 12 years.” By publishing the recommendations that it submitted to President Weah in letter on 2 July, RSF hopes to encourage their rapid implementation so that Liberia can continue to progress in the World Press Freedom Index, in which it is now ranked 89th out of 180 countries, five places higher than last year. November 27, 2020 Find out more Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedomlast_img read more

Italian president calls for media diversity and impartiality

first_img RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive RSF_en November 23, 2020 Find out more to go further December 2, 2020 Find out more In a letter to President Ciampi on 23 April, Reporters Without Borders asked the president “to take a clear stand, as guardian of the Constitution, against the current threat to media diversity and freedom of information in Italy.” Reporters Without Borders today welcomed an appeal by Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi on 23 July for parliament to pass laws guaranteeing diversity and impartiality in the country’s broadcasting media, currently controlled by prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. His appeal was a very rare message by an Italian head of state to parliament and the first time Ciampi had made one since taking office three years ago.Reporters Without Borders has several times lobbied both the president and Berlusconi himself on the subject, noting that Italy is the only European Union member-state and the only major Western democracy where the entire broadcasting media, privately or publicly owned, are directly or indirectly controlled by the government.Through the holding company Fininvest, Berlusconi controls Italy’s main privately-owned TV group, Mediaset, which runs the country’s three leading privately-owned stations, and is among the majority shareholders in Mondadori, one of Italy’s main press and publishing groups. He promised in May last year to resolve the conflict of interest between his job as prime minister and his ownership of Mediaset. However, a subsequent bill proposed by the government did no more than provide for a body to see that government officials did not make decisions favouring their business interests. It did not in any way challenge Berlusconi’s ownership of Mediaset or his influence over it. In view of this, the country’s three other TV stations, which are part of RAI, have a vital role to play in maintaining radio and TV news diversity. But Berlusconi and RAI’s new board, appointed by parliament in February, is stepping up pressure on journalists deemed critical of the government. Reporters Without Borders asked on 2 July for a meeting with Berlusconi to talk about the these threats to diversity. On 14 February, before the new RAI board was named, the organisation suggested that the government hand over to an independent authority the job of considering proposals to strengthen RAI’s independence. The government has not responded. November 19, 2020 Find out more ItalyEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders welcomes the appeal by Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi for parliament to pass laws guaranteeing diversity and impartiality in the country’s broadcasting media. Italy is the only major Western democracy where the entire broadcasting media, privately or publicly owned, are directly or indirectly controlled by the government. Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union Organisation Receive email alerts News News News On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Italy July 25, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Italian president calls for media diversity and impartiality News ItalyEurope – Central Asia last_img read more

Osmose Strengthens Leadership Team With Three New Senior Hires

first_imgLocal NewsBusiness TAGS  By Digital AIM Web Support – February 4, 2021 Twitter Osmose Strengthens Leadership Team With Three New Senior Hires Pinterest Facebook PEACHTREE CITY, Ga.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 4, 2021– Osmose Utilities Services, Inc. (Osmose), the market-leading provider of infrastructure support services for electric and telecommunications utilities, today announced the hiring of three senior executives who will lead the company’s finance, human resources, marketing and innovation initiatives. Kevin Brennan has joined Osmose as its Chief Financial Officer, Mark Copeland has joined as Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer, and Megan Hilley has joined as the company’s Chief Human Resources Officer. The addition of Brennan, Copeland and Hilley to Osmose’s executive leadership team is driven by the company’s continued growth and the increasing need for utilities to ensure the resilience of the critical structures that support their grid operations. “With the addition of Kevin, Mark and Megan, we are continuing to lift Osmose’s capacity to provide superior financial benefit, operational innovation and service quality for our customers,” said P. Cody Phipps, CEO of Osmose. “2020 has been a pivotal year for Osmose as utility organizations looked to improve how they innovate and enhance the performance of their grid structures to ensure resiliency,” said Phipps. “We are now positioned as never before to deliver on our structural resiliency promise to customers.” Before joining Osmose, Kevin Brennan served as CFO of PureStar, a leading service provider in the hospitality industry with over 5,000 employees in North America, Mexico and the Bahamas. Before his time at PureStar, Kevin served as the Chief Financial Officer of a $1B Division of ABM Industries and prior to that held several senior financial positions at Siemens Corporation. Kevin is a Certified Public Accountant and graduated from the University of Georgia. Mark Copeland joins Osmose from Diversey, a Bain Capital portfolio company, where he served as Chief Innovation and Marketing Officer. Prior to Diversey, Copeland held the roles of Chief Marketing Officer and SVP, Innovation for Restaurant Technologies and Vice President of Marketing for the Hospitality, Healthcare and Commercial business segment of Ecolab’s North American Institutional business. Copeland’s business-to-business marketing and innovation experience is bolstered by a strong background in consumer goods product marketing having spent 17 years with S.C. Johnson in a series of leadership positions. He is a graduate of University of Cambridge. Prior to Osmose, Hilley most recently held the position of General Counsel and Chief Human Resources Officer with PureStar. Before that, she held the role of Vice President of Human Resources with ABM Industries. Hilley began her career as an attorney with the law firm, King & Spalding. She earned both a Bachelor and JD degree from University of Georgia. “Osmose has embarked on an accelerated growth plan, including recent expansion to Europe and Canada, and these leadership team additions confirm our willingness to invest to better serve and support our customers in the future. I’m excited to welcome Kevin, Mark and Megan to our team,” said Phipps. About Osmose Utilities Services Founded in 1934, Osmose is the market-leading provider of critical inspection, mobile contact voltage testing, maintenance and restoration services for electric transmission, distribution and telecommunications utilities in the United States, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Headquartered near Atlanta in Peachtree City, Georgia, the company employs more than 4,000 people. Osmose’s field technicians, professional engineers, wood scientists and corrosion experts utilize their expertise to identify and solve issues to make utility infrastructure safer, longer-lasting and more resilient while lowering the total cost of ownership. Osmose is a portfolio company of EQT Infrastructure. Learn more at https://www.osmose.com/ View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210204005188/en/ CONTACT: Andrew Dietz Creative Influence 404-664-7484 [email protected] KEYWORD: GEORGIA UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: ENERGY TECHNOLOGY TELECOMMUNICATIONS OTHER ENERGY UTILITIES SOURCE: Osmose Utilities Services, Inc. Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/04/2021 09:05 AM/DISC: 02/04/2021 09:05 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210204005188/encenter_img WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleZynga to Present at Upcoming Investor ConferencesNext articleChiefs under pressure to ditch the tomahawk chop celebration Digital AIM Web Support Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

National Delinquency Rate Improves for First Time Since January

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / National Delinquency Rate Improves for First Time Since January Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville. July 22, 2020 1,626 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Mike Albanese The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, News Tagged with: Foreclosure housing market 2020 past due mortgages Previous: Understanding FHA Claims and Conveyance Timelines Next: Study: Federal Mortgage Penalty Could Block Homeownership Foreclosure housing market 2020 past due mortgages 2020-07-22 Mike Albanese Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago National Delinquency Rate Improves for First Time Since January The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post For the first time in five months, the national delinquency rate improved, falling to 7.6% in June as the number of past-due mortgages fell by 98,000, according to Black Knight.This comes after the delinquency rose from 3.2% in January to 7.8% in May.Serious delinquencies—those 90 or more days past due—rose by more than 1.2 million as the initial batch of borrowers impacted by COVID-19 missed their third payment.The 1.87 million mortgages labeled as seriously delinquent is the highest level since early 2011.Active foreclosures continue to decline as foreclosure moratoriums are still in place. June’s 192,000 active foreclosures were the fewest on record dating back to 2000.Additionally, prepayment activity hit its highest level in 16 years in June, which Black Knight states are fueled by record-low mortgage rates.While there is good news nationally, pockets of the nation are still struggling. The Orange County Register reported that 6% of borrowers in Los Angeles and Orange counties in April were late 30 days or more, according to data from CoreLogic. This is a stark contrast from the 2.3% rate last year.“[Southern California] is still faring relatively better than some parts of the country where delinquencies spiked to over 10% in April,” said Selma Hepp, Deputy Chief Economist, CoreLogic. “Nevertheless, the future trajectory of mortgage delinquencies will depend on the trajectory of the COVID-19 crisis. Recent spikes in new cases will have an impact on local economic outcomes and the ability of unemployed to return to work.”The Orange County Register states that as of July 7, 10% of homeowners in Los Angeles and Orange County with a mortgage said they skipped or deferred the previous months’ payments, which is an improvement from April’s 12%.Nationally, 13% of borrowers said they missed the payment vs. 11% in April.The census found 9% of borrowers in Orange and Los Angeles counties will defer or have “no confidence” they can make their next mortgage payment. Subscribelast_img read more

Storm Eleanor damages sand dunes in West Donegal

first_img Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Concern has been raised after Storm Eleanor caused significant damage to sand dunes in West Donegal.Works had begun at Maghery beach to protect against coastal erosion however, as strong winds and heavy rainfall battered the coast on Tuesday, a significant amount of the beach was washed away.Cathaoirleach of Glenties Municipal District Councillor Micheal Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig says at present the boardwalks at the beach are unsafe.He is calling on the Department of the OPW to visit the site to assess the damage:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/michcgffhgfeal.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Previous articleBrexit threatening performance of Irish property sectorNext articleWill Donald Trump attend 2018 Irish Open in Ballyliffen? News Highland Facebook Facebook Twittercenter_img Storm Eleanor damages sand dunes in West Donegal Pinterest By News Highland – January 5, 2018 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest Google+ Homepage BannerNews WhatsApp Twitterlast_img read more

AZ police officers forcibly removed 2-year-old boy with fever from home, video shows

first_imgTheaDesign/iStock(PHOENIX) — An Arizona lawmaker is questioning a local police department’s use of force in removing a feverish child from a home after a doctor reported the parents to the state’s Department of Child Safety.On Feb. 25, the mother of a 2-year-old child, who is not vaccinated, took the child to a naturopathic doctor with a fever of 105 degrees, ABC Phoenix station KNXV-TV reported.The doctor instructed the mother to take the toddler to the emergency room as soon as possible, but since the child’s fever later broke, she took him back to their home in Chandler, about 25 miles southeast of Phoenix, instead, according to a statement from the Chandler Police Department.When the doctor learned from the Cardon Children’s Hospital that they parents never showed up with the child, she called Arizona DCS, who then contacted the Chandler Police Department for assistance, an incident report shows.Chandler Police officers first contacted the boy’s father, Brooks Bryce, by phone to request a welfare check, which Bryce refused, according to the police report. When officers were dispatched to the home around 10:24 p.m., the parents refused to come to the door and they could hear a child coughing and other voices inside, according to a police statement.Officers then “forced entry into the home” after DCS had obtained a court order to take temporary custody of the child due to a “possible life threatening illness,” the report states.“After consultation with detectives from the Chandler Police Department’s Special Victims Unit, the residents were given a final opportunity to exit and take their child to the hospital,” the statement read. “Upon their failure to do so, the front door was breached and the family members were called out of the residence.”Surveillance video shows officers in tactical gear dramatically breaking down the front door before storming into the home.DCS agents then took custody of the boy and his two sisters, ages 4 and 6, the report states. Two of the children were transported to the hospital by ambulance, and the third was transported to the hospital by DCS, according to the statement.The parents were not arrested at the time of the incident. Investigators will later determine whether to pursue criminal charges against them, according to the police statement.All three children are currently staying with their grandparents, who were granted temporary custody by DCS, their mother, Sarah Beck, told ABC News. The parents are hoping to regain custody after a hearing next month, Beck said.In a statement to ABC News, Arizona DCS said it could not comment on the specifics of the case due to privacy laws, but said the removal of the child followed a state law passed in 2017 that requires DCS specialists to obtain a court order prior to removing a child from a home. The law was amended last year to give law enforcement agencies who assist DCS to “use reasonable force to enter any building in which the person named in the removal authorization is reasonably believed to be,” according to DCS. Arizona House Rep. Kelly Townsend, who played a large role in getting the law passed, told KNXV that she believes the removal of the children was “an abuse of power” by DCS and law enforcement.“I think we need to re-think where we draw the line when it comes to disagreements between doctors and parents and what level we’re going to go to to keep the child safe,” Townsend said.Townsend defended the parents, saying that since the child’s fever had died down, they “felt it was no longer at the level that warranted an intrusive test that could be danger.”The parents attorney, Nicholas Boca, said in a statement to ABC News that he believes the use of force by authorities was excessive and “should be reserved for violent criminals, not a house filled with young, sleeping children.”“The removal of Sarah Beck’s Children by busting in her door with guns drawn in the middle of the night was clearly unnecessary and well beyond ‘reasonable force,’” the statement read.Boca described Beck as a “loving and attentive” mother who has always cared for her children “appropriately.”“Sarah has a fundamental, Constitutionally protected right to the care, custody, and management of her Children,” the statement read. “These rights do not evaporate simply because the Department of Child Safety believes they know better.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more